Our first batch of baby Gouldian finches ventured out of the nest last week.
The four young Gouldians tend to stay together, often huddling on a branch together.
Note the shiny blue bits on each side of the beak. Apparently it helps the parents when feeding their young ones in the dark. Before these young finches left the nest, when looking into the (dark) nest, these shiny bits certainly showed up in the dark.
The feather colours of the young Gouldians are quite drab, with the back and tail feathers being an olive-green, and the rest of the feathers a dull gray.
However, as they grow older, they will put on more colour, eventually looking as bright as one of our adult male Gouldian finches shown below.
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